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The Case for Mark Reynolds

Posted on: July 7, 2009 10:03 am

Mark Reynolds should be the last player added to the NL All Star team.  He clearly has better power numbers than any of the other four and has a respectable amount of stolen bases as well. While he is the only player hitting under .300, his power numbers are so much better than the other players it more than makes up for the lower average. 

He has 100% more homeruns than the next highest player, Sandoval, and 38% more RBI than the next two highest players, Kemp and Sandoval.  He is third in the NL in RBI, second in HR behind only Albert Pujols, and tied for ninth in SB.  He has a higher SLG than the other four, only behind Pablo Sandoval in OPS, and only behind Shan Victorino in runs scored.       

As far as contributing to his team Reynolds has 18% of his team’s RBI, the highest percentage of any of the five, 15% of his team’s runs, the highest percentage of the five, and 12% of his team’s total hits, which is about where the other four are as well.  

Below are the numbers for the player’s RBI, runs, and hits, followed by the percentage of that player’s teams total RBI, runs, and hits.   

Reynolds 61 RBI, 18%, 53 R, 15%, 81 H, 12% DBACKS 338 RBI 358 R 687 H

Sandoval 44 RBI, 14%, 37 R, 11%, 93 H, 13%
SF 316 RBI 337 R 721 H 35

Victorino 35 RBI, 9%, 55 R, 13.5%, 96 H, 13.7% PHI 393 RBI 407 R 698 H

Guzman 21 RBI, 6%, 41 R, 11.7%, 92 H, 13% WAS 337 RBI 350 R 712 H

Kemp 44 RBI, 11.7%, 43 R, 11%, 92 H, 12% LA 375 RBI 398 R 774 H

*Stats as of 7/6/09


Since: Sep 27, 2006
Posted on: July 7, 2009 11:39 pm

The Case for Mark Reynolds

i could not agree more hill crawford reynolds no brainers these other guys especially kemp they belong in the majors but not as all stars if zorbits plays like this all year then he deserves it but i am tired of all you numbers crunching guys who don't look at the whole picture an all star is not just numbers he is a player who plays his position day in and day out week after week and does it well and consistently all season long not guys like kemp and others who have maybe 10 really good days in a month that gives them great stats but doesn't help there team consistently so real all stars aren't just about numbers and stats it's actually that and much more

Since: Nov 4, 2007
Posted on: July 7, 2009 11:28 pm

The Case for Mark Reynolds

Whoever said that CF is harder to play than 3B is a baseball moron. They call it the "hot corner" for a reason. I have played it and it can be quite nasty. I have played CF also and while it required me to cover more ground it was a piece of cake compared to third base. If you have ever played baseball you would never make the asssertion that any OF position is harder than any infield position than maybe 1st base and that is debatable.

Since: Apr 11, 2007
Posted on: July 7, 2009 6:06 pm

The Case for Mark Reynolds

If centerfield is a harder position to play than why do CFs generally have better FP than 3Bs?
Why is a strikeout worse than an out from a hit ball?  The only time a hit ball is a better out is when it's a sac fly, but a hit ball is actually worse than a SO if it's hit into a double play.
If Reynolds is not a threat on the basepath then why does he have only five less stolen bases than Kemp.
I hope that everyone heads your advice and compares each player to Kemp, so they will clearly see that Kemp does not belong.

Since: Jun 27, 2009
Posted on: July 7, 2009 5:55 pm
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Since: Sep 15, 2008
Posted on: July 7, 2009 5:43 pm

The Case for Mark Reynolds

Matt Kemp is the obvious choice.  He competes with the numbers of all of these players while playing a more demanding position and playing it very well.  He also adds a greater speed factor than any of the others.  If you compare each player to Kemp you will see their limitations.

Mark Reynolds strikes out way to much.  Additionally with runner in scoring position he is a .250 hitter striking out 40% of the time.  He may be the worst player on this list.  His RBI and run total are about greater than Kemps because he hits in the middle of the order while Kemp hits near the bottom.  Is a marginal threat on the basepaths and is truly a 1 trick pony with power being the only trick.

Sandoval has the best offensive numbers but defensively he is limited.  His RBI and run total are about equal to Kemp because he hits in the middle of the order while Kemp hits near the bottom.  He clogs the basepaths.

Victorino's numbers are inferior in every category except for maybe popularity.

Guzman's offensive numbers don't approach Kemp but he is a SS which is an even more demanding position than CF.

#1 Kemp

#2 Sandoval

#3 Guzman

#4 Victorino

#5 Reynolds


Since: Nov 22, 2006
Posted on: July 7, 2009 4:06 pm

The Case for Mark Reynolds

"The Giants' "Kung Fu Panda," just 22, also ranked among the NL top 10 in doubles (23), multi-hit games (30), slugging percentage (.566), extra-base hits (38), hits (93) and OPS (on-base plus slugging percentage -- .954) going into this past weekend. He entered Saturday leading the Majors with a .393 batting average in two-out situations."

Sandoval is one of the biggest reasons that san francisco is leading the nl wild card race halfway through the season. He is a clutch hitter and has led the giants to maybe a shot at the playoffs, which noone thought was possible at the beggining of the year. He's fourth in batting average in the nl and last nights grand slam only adds to his all-star run.

Since: Jun 29, 2009
Posted on: July 7, 2009 3:55 pm

The Case for Mark Reynolds

Could not agree more! I've been voting for him since the ballot's were released.  He's a fantasy stud too.

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